Chinese conglomerate, Tencent, has acquired a majority stake in Don’t Starve developer, Klei Entertainment. Announced on the studio’s forums, Klei CEO Jamie Cheng assured fans that nothing will change creatively or operationally as it was part of their cut deal with the conglomerate.
“As part of this agreement, Klei retains full autonomy of creative and operations across all aspects of the studio, including projects, talent, and more.”
Nothing out of the ordinary will change in terms of the studio – Cheng will continue to run it with the same exact staff they have right now. As to the reason behind the change, it all boiled down to evolving in the ever-changing gaming industry while letting the developers do what they do best – make games.
Tencent was chosen as they were one of the few that Klei felt would allow them to retain the same creative control they wanted. It also helped that they’ve worked with them in the past to get Don’t Starve Together greenlit in China, marking their first foyer into the Chinese gaming market.
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